Trip Start Dec 12, 2007
39Trip End Ongoing
First up, the day was sunny (again, always is, and very hot!) and we were taken to the section of Mexico City which had the largest site of Aztec Ruins. Seeming though Mexico City was built right over the top of the Aztec Ruins, they've destroyed most of it, however pockets throughout the city have been disocvered and protected. It was pretty interesting, the layout of the markets they would of had, and there's a pyramid that was 46m tall there, however the Catholics took the blocks to build there church right next to it.
From here, we took a short stop to a section of the city in the west. Here is an absolutely huge catholic church which is sinking, and you can definitely see this and feel it when walking around inside
From here, we travelled out to a little village just outside of the Teatihuacan and visited a family whiched showed us how to make tequila from cactuses. Its amazing how many things you can actually do with a cactus, from soap/shampoo, to needle and thread, to paints, water and alcohol. The Aztecs utilized all of these throughout their culture. Another thing they showed us is the local Obsidian rock, which is absolutely amazing and changes colour in the Sun depending on the type of Obsidian rock it is. This rock was the most valuable peice of Material for the entire first Millenium in this area, which all the cultures used it to carve, trade and treasure. The family here makes carvings from this rock and has been for generations.
We eventually entered the gates of the Teatihuacan ruins. I was gob smacked straight away and the height of these pyramids
At the end of the day we said goodbye to the Ruins. Its a really wierd feeling walking amongst it all, attempting to imagine what it would of been like fifteen hundred years ago...